A warm welcome for BCO delegates from Chapman Taylor in Manchester

Manchester was bathed in sunshine as our delegates arrived for a packed schedule at the British Council for Offices’ annual conference on the 14th - 16th of June.

Joining from our international studios were Group Board Director Jon Hale and Associate Director Igor Bergmann from Prague and Prokurist Hendrik Wirths from Düsseldorf. They were accompanied by representatives from our UK studios; Group Board Director Tim Partington, Directors Gavin King and Mark Doughty and Senior Interior Designer Michaela O’Hare.

Mark Doughty presented on the BCO tour of Enterprise City and Tim Partington presented on the tour of MediaCity.

Enterprise City including Manchester Goods Yard

Enterprise City is a new commercial neighbourhood located in the St. John’s district of Manchester that comprises a range of diverse spaces to provide infrastructure for growing start-ups, independents and SMEs, to leading global brands. Hosted by Allied London, the tour of Enterprise City took in buildings that are in various stages of development: Bonded Warehouse, ABC Buildings, Transmission, Globe Building, Cube Space, Deuce and Hoops, Campfield Yard, Shipyard, Grape Street Deck, Vita Living and The Factory. Download the Enterprise City app to learn more about these developments.

Mark Doughty presenting Manchester Goods Yard

Participants were treated to a first glimpse inside Manchester Goods Yard, with its impressive 3,250 sqm floor plates. In the reception area, boasting recently installed timber panelling, Mark Doughty shared a film that highlighted the vision for the building that is very much seen as the fulcrum for Enterprise City. It became the first significant new build development on the estate. The film demonstrated the off-site methods of construction employed on the scheme, such as the manufacture of the huge Crittal style windows. This method of construction was fantastic in terms of reducing waste and maximising quality and control.

The tour participants could see for themselves how the use of concrete has created an ‘honest’ building, inspired by the well-established, rich, industrial context on the estate and reminiscent of schemes in Brooklyn, New York. Mark explained further how the USP for Manchester Goods Yard was to attract well-established ‘big name’ brands, to further cement Enterprise City as the place for the digital media and tech industries. With Booking.com already confirmed as a tenant, and the top floor being fitted out as a state-of-the-art workplace for Cloud Imperium Games, it is certainly delivering on its brief.

Tim Partington presenting MediaCity masterplan and Andy Waters hosting the BBC Studios tour

Exciting times are ahead for MediaCity resulting from the new joint venture partnership between Peel Media and Landsec and the recent publication of Salford City Council’s new 2030 vision for Salford Quays. Tim Partington took attendees of the MediaCity tour through a presentation about how the masterplan has developed over the years and will now continue to evolve and build on MediaCity’s success. Taking into consideration revised priorities in the wake of the Covid pandemic, the next phase of the masterplan places people at the centre, creating a wide variety of open spaces and an improved Quayside Waterfront connection. This emerging masterplan will incorporate ’15-minute city’ principles and will also include a town square, covered all-weather spaces, a greater variety of scale of buildings and will further promote sustainable transport.

MediaCity Tomorrow building

Tim Partington (BA (Hons), B Arch RIBA)

Group Board Director, UK

Tim has been at Chapman Taylor since 1986 and joined the Group Board in 2006. He takes an active role in shaping the strategic direction and growth of the business alongside the other members of the Group Board.

He was responsible for establishing Chapman Taylor’s Manchester studio in 2000 and continues to manage this part of the business together with the UK practice’s design management, resource planning and BIM/CAD strategy.

Recognised for his design management expertise, he has an established track-record in the design and delivery of complex mixed-use developments in the UK and internationally.

Areas of expertise:

Mixed-use / Workplace / Residential / Retail / Design Management / Delivery

Tim entra a far parte di Chapman Taylor dal 1986 e si unisce al Main Board nel 2006. In qualità di Direttore ricopre un ruolo attivo nella definizione della direzione strategica e della crescita del business insieme agli altri membri del Consiglio.

Tim ha contribuito alla creazione dello studio Chapman Taylor Manchester nel 2000 e continua a gestirlo: è inoltre responsabile del gruppo progettuale inglese, della pianificazione delle risorse e della strategia BIM/CAD.

Riconosciuto per la sua conoscenza di gestione del progetto, ha una comprovata esperienza nella progettazione e nella consegna di complessi multifunzionali sia nel Regno Unito che a livello internazionale.

Aree di competenza:

Mixed-use / Office / Residential / Retail / Design Management / Delivery

Tim ist seit 1986 bei Chapman Taylor und trat dem LLP Main Board im Jahr 2006 bei. Als Eigentümer hat er mit anderen Vorstandsmitgliedern des Main Boards eine aktive Rolle bei der Gestaltung der strategischen Ausrichtung und des Wachstums des Unternehmens.

Er war verantwortlich für den Aufbau von Chapman Taylors Studio in Manchester im Jahr 2000 und leitet weiterhin diesen Teil des Geschäfts zusammen mit dem Designmanagement, der Ressourcenplanung und BIM/CAD-Strategie des GB-Geschäfts.

Anerkannt für seine Design-Management-Expertise, kann er eine Erfolgsbilanz bei der Entwicklung und Realisierung von komplexen Mischbebauungsvorhaben in Großbritannien und international vorweisen.


Mixed-Use / Bürobau / Wohnungsbau / Einzelhandel / Projektleitung / Ausführungsplanung

Mark Doughty (BA (Hons) BArch)

Director, UK

Mark joined Chapman Taylor in 2006, becoming a Director in 2022. A key member of the Manchester studio’s management team, Mark has a business development remit for the office workplace sector across the UK business.

He has over 10 years’ experience and has successfully completed a number of major award winning projects across a range of sectors.

Areas of expertise:

Workplace / Retail / Delivery / Design Management

Mark joined Chapman Taylor in 2006 becoming an Associate Director in 2016. A key member of the Manchester studio’s management team, Mark has a business development remit for the office workplace sector across the UK business.

He has over 10 years’ experience and has successfully completed a number of major award winning projects across a range of sectors.

He takes an active part in the BCO and completed last year’s Cycle Challenge riding from London to Amsterdam over four days with fifty members of the BCO.

Areas of expertise:

Office / Retail / Delivery / Design Management

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